Safety Taken Seriously
In addition to the traditional fire drill, Old Colony’s Crisis Team has implemented other practices to better prepare persons in the building in the event of an unplanned situation.
The Rochester Police and dogs trained to identify drugs made a visit to the school this past autumn. Along with administrators, the police and dogs randomly searched lockers, classrooms, and shops for the possibility of drugs.
Often we, as a small school in a country setting, think we are immune from the vicious attacks of the world. Columbine High School, the attack on the students and teachers at the Amish school, the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, and the tragic event at the Ford Middle School in the past decade remind us that we must be prepared.
To ensure the safety of persons in the building, Old Colony has established a strategic plan in the event there is an intruder on school premises. Faculty and students have been instructed what to do during such an event. For the first rehearsal of the plan, faculty and staff were notified of the date. The intent of the rehearsal was to determine what parts of the plan were solid and what parts needed adjustment. A second intruder drill took place with only the administrators knowing in advance.
The safety of persons in our building is one of our priorities, so when two students pulled what they deemed a harmless prank in late March 2007, the school took the event seriously. The Rochester Police were called in for a school search. All parents, faculty, and staff were notified there would be a bag search upon entering the next school day. All bags were searched. Later that day the students confessed their actions, explained their prank, and received their consequences.
Taking safety seriously is part of Old Colony’s philosophy and goals. The goal/objective reads: “To continue to update, monitor, and practice all building safety protocol and procedures to ensure a safe working environment for its faculty, staff, and visitors, as well as a safe learning environment for students.
Remembering the Past – Looking Forward to the Future
A simple song with a powerful meaning states, Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold. New friends May 17, 2007, the School Committee appointed Mr. Gary Brown to be the new Superintendent/ Director of Old Colony upon the resignation of Mr. David J. Ferreira. As Mr. Brown assumes the duties of Superintendent/Director on July 1, Mr. Ferreira will begin his position as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA).
Taking on this task will be an extension of what Mr. Ferreira has done for Old Colony over the years. Dedicated to vocational education he will continue make the voice of vocational education heard not only in the Old Colony area but throughout the state.
Mr. Ferreira will always be a part of the Old Colony family. We wish him joy as he leaves us to grow through this new opportunity. May he know that when he returns for a visit, we’ll be here to say, “Welcome home.”
Third annual golf tournament benefits worthy cause
The third annual Old Colony Golf Tournament, held at the Acushnet River Valley Golf Course in Acushnet, MA, on May 19, 2007, was once again a huge success. Even though the weather wasn’t ideal, the golf tournament was enjoyed by families, friends, alumni, and guests of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School. All of the proceeds from the event benefited the Old Colony Scholarship Fund, with over $14,000. going into the fund.
There were 136 competing golfers in the tournament. The winning team consisted of Steve Bernat, David Bernat, Marc Bernat, and Marc Francis. Following the event, everyone enjoyed the dinner and raffle at the Century House in Acushnet. Old Colony thanks John Abaray, Gary Brown, and all of the people who helped to make the golf tournament a fun family event and an extremely profitable fundraiser for the Old Colony Scholarship Fund.
Three faculty members to retire
The entire Old Colony community offers its thanks and best wishes to three retiring faculty members: Diniz Brum (CAD Drafting), Robert Francis (House & Mill Carpentry), & Donald Mosher (Automotive Tech).
Around the Colony
* The Old Colony Chapter of SkillsUSA was very successful at the State Skill and Leadership Conference, held on April 26-28, 2007, in Marlborough, MA. Competing against state vocational students, Old Colony had 16 participants in 8 contests and captured 4 medals. The results were as follows:
- Michael Cormier (Mattapoisett) – Bronze Medal – Computer Programming
- Richard Pemberton (Freetown) – Bronze Medal – Carpentry
- Perry Wood (Rochester) – Gold Medal – Electronics Applications
- Jade Worthington (Acushnet) – Silver Medal – Office Comp. Applications
As a gold medal winner and state champion, Perry will now represent Massachusetts at the SkillsUSA National Skills and Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, from June 25-29, 2007.
* Four members of the Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society were recently elected to serve as officers for the 2007-2008 school year. Elected president was Corey E. Beecher (Lakeville), vice-president Alex R. Buckley (Rochester), treasurer Ryan C. Rodrigues(Acushnet), and secretary Matthew P. Pacheco (Acushnet).
* The Old Colony Math Club performed well at a local math competition held at Tri-County RVTHS on April 5, 2007. Old Colony sent five juniors and five sophomores to the jeopardy-style Math Meet. Under the supervision of math instructors Kevin Gonsalves and Nancy Francis, the two teams of Old Colony students finished the event in 10th and 12th place out of a field of 20 teams from area vocational high schools. The students were:
- Corey Beecher – (Lakeville)
- Alex Buckley – (Rochester)
- Zachary Card – (Carver)
- Chad Crumley – (Acushnet)
- Nicholas Rice – (Carver)
- Nicholas Abaray – (Acushnet)
- Eli Reznekervitz – (Freetown)
- Alexander Tironati – (Lakeville)
- Lane Tobiason – (Acushnet)
- Jade Worthington – (Acushnet)
* Four student-athletes at Old Colony received Citizenship Awards on April 12, 2007, at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. This ceremony, created in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day, is designed to recognize Massachusetts high school student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in three disciplines: academics, athletics, and citizenship. Old Colony award recipients were:
- Brittany Fagan – (Lakeville)
- Christopher Faustino – (Rochester)
- John Romanelli – (Acushnet)
- Jade Worthington – (Acushnet)
* Two Old Colony juniors have been selected to participate in the 2007 Boys State Program in June at Stonehill College. Zachary Card(Carver) will be sponsored by the OC National Honor Society, and Michael Nunes (Rochester) will be sponsored by the Mattapoisett American Legion. Selected as an alternate was Chad Crumley (Acushnet).
* The Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society has been selected as a recipient of an Outstanding Chapter Award for the sixth year in a row. The Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association State NHS Committee presents this award to local chapters for “exemplifying the true spirit of National Honor Society ideals through demonstration of outstanding scholarship, leadership, character, and service.”
This is the eighth Outstanding Chapter Award for the Old Colony chapter in the last ten years. The chapter has also received seven National Service Awards.
The Chapter received the award at the NHS State Leadership Conference held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts on April 10, 2007. The conference was held for advisors and students of local chapters.
Four members of the Old Colony NHS Chapter represented Old Colony at the State Leadership Conference:
- Samantha Clarke – (Freetown)
- Neil Andre – (Freetown)
- Alex Buckley – (Rochester)
- Michael Poland – (Lakeville)
* The Old Colony Peer Leadership Group recently concluded this year’s holiday service project. The One Warm Coat project involved the collection of new and gently used coats, hats, mittens, and boots for distribution by local homeless shelters. More than 40 coats were collected, along with many sets of scarves, hats, and mittens that were generously donated.
* State Senator Joan M. Menard (D-Fall River) recently visited Old Colony for her annual drive to register high school seniors to vote. The Senator spoke to the students and stressed the importance of voting and participation in the democratic process.
* Old Colony is pleased to announce the election results for the State Student Advisory Council. Kelsey Pereira and Steven Verronneauwere elected to represent Old Colony in the Southeast Region. Both students are from Acushnet and members of the Class of 2008.
* The Carpentry Department at Old Colony recently constructed twelve wooden golf ball trays as a community service for the Acushnet River Valley Golf Course. The course paid for the materials. Two students, Nick Abaray (Acushnet) and Nick Weigel (Rochester), completed the project.
Technology Intergration Project is underway
Old Colony has taken advantage of grant funds offered by the Massachusetts Department of Education to expand vocational programs to align to the new state frameworks. The focus of the new program designed by Jacqueline Machamer, a Computer Information Technology Department instructor, is to use technology integrated projects as a method to address common content areas and provide technical instruction. The project incorporates lessons that have a common structure to be customized to each technical area’s specific content. This format aligns with the state-required “strands” in all vocational curricula. The specific areas are:
- Strand 4 – the introduction or enhancement of employability
- Strand 5 – management/entrepreneurship
- Strand 6 – development of computer technology skills
The students are instructed in the computer lab by Mrs. Guenette or Mrs. Pothier, Computer Information Technology Department instructors. The CIT teachers provide students with technical training, while each shop’s related instructors provide input in the content area.
The pilot program began with juniors and seniors in 2005-2006. In the 2006-2007 academic year, the program has expanded to include all grade levels. Freshmen focus on using Microsoft Word, manipulating pictures, and creating a professional appearance for their portfolio documents. Sophomores explore the use of PowerPoint and give a presentation that explores a career in their field of study. Juniors and seniors use Excel as they plan and present a business plan as partial completion of the entrepreneurship standard. Next year, seniors will add to the skills previously learned through the use of Desktop Publishing as they create a marketing plan.
A hope for the future is to include lesson components for all courses in an effort to increase technical proficiency for all students.
To aid in the commitment to move forward in the area of technology issues and to carefully determine the best way to move toward that goal, a Technology Subcommittee has been established. This is just another demonstration of Old Colony’s dedication to its students and Old Colony’s resolve to have graduates prepared to use various communication applications effectively.
Old Colony attendance rate tops area high schools
Old Colony had the highest attendance rate among area regional high schools according to statistics recently released by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Part of the reason for this high ranking is attributed to the school’s attendance policy, which penalizes a student’s grades if he or she has excessive absences.
Another recognition Old Colony received which is related to attendance is the school’s graduation rate. The Massachusetts Department of Education announced that Old Colony has the highest 2006 rate of graduation of all area high schools. Old Colony ranked first among 19 southeastern Massachusetts schools, including the high schools of all of Old Colony’s sending towns. Of the 38 state vocational high schools, Old Colony placed third, with 98.8% being the best. Old Colony’s graduation rate of 94.9% for 2006 far exceeds the state average of 79.9%.
Thrid annual golf tournament slated for May 19th
The Third Annual Old Colony Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Acushnet River Valley Golf Course in Acushnet, MA. The golf tournament is great event for family, friends, and alumni of the school. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Old Colony Scholarship Fund. Interested individuals or parties can contact Mr. Gary Brown via email at email@example.com.
Around the Colony
* Culinary Arts Department senior, Samantha Clarke (Freetown), has been selected as Old Colony’s nominee for the 2006-2007 Walter J. Markham Award. The award program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators. Samantha is now eligible for state-wide comsideration, based upon her leadership potential, as well as academic and vocational excellence. She is president of the National Honor Society and is ranked in the top 5% of the senior class.
* Computer Information Technology Department senior Janelle L. Gifford (Acushnet) has been selected as Old Colony’s Outstanding Vocational Student Award nominee for 2007. This statewide award program recognizes the outstanding vocational education students from the Commonwealth. Janelle has excelled in her academic studies, as well as in the Computer Office Technology field. She will receive her award on April 12, 2007, at a statewide ceremony to be held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.
* Last November, six Old Colony students participated in the SkillsUSA Fall State Leadership Conference in Marlborough, MA, and achieved their leadership awards with the highest possible score. Community service and leadership development were the focus of the conference. The students who attended were:
- Mari Mitchell (Lakeville)
- Danielle Mahoney (Carver)
- Samantha Lucas (Lakeville)
- Jessica DeMilio (Acushnet)
- Amber Rand (Lakeville)
- Kendra Cameron (Lakeville)
* Computer Information Technology Department senior Jeffrey Cormier has been selected as a nominee for the National Honor Society Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Jeffrey has been a member of Old Colony’s NHS chapter for three years and has demonstrated excellent achievement in his academic studies, shop work, and his service to school and community.
* Six members of the Old Colony’s Chapter of the National Honor Society attended the 5th Annual Massachusetts Fall NHS State Conference in October 2006. The conference was held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. The students attended various workshops which focused on college admissions, student athletics, service projects, community involvement, and other topics. The attending students were:
- Neil Andre (Freetown)
- Corey Beecher (Lakeville)
- Alex Buckley (Rochester)
- Garrett Dunham (Lakeville
- Daniel Hurd (Carver)
- Kerri Kauranen (Lakeville)
* Old Colony is pleased to announce its annual Excellence In Effort Award winners for 2007. Winners were chosen by shop and related instructors on the basis of effort and motivation. Award winners will receive a specially designed jacket with an Excellence In Effort logo and a framed certificate at the Spring Advisory Board Meeting on April 11, 2007. A second award ceremony and school barbeque will be held for the entire student body on June 4, 2007. This year’s Excellence In Effort Award winners are:
- Automotive – Shaun White (Acushnet)
- CAD Drafting – Justin Peckham (Acushnet)
- Computer Info Tech – Zachary Card (Carver)
- Cosmetology – Alicia Sullivan (Mattapoisett)
- Culinary Arts – Robert Cost (Carver)
- Electrical – Tomas O’Brien (Carver)
- Electronic Tech – Michael Carberry (Rochester)
- Health Careers – Erin Oliveira (Mattapoisett)
- House Mill Carpentry – Jacob Haskins (Freetown)
- Machine & Tool – Kevin O’Reilly (Lakeville)
- Metal Fabrication – Chris Faustino (Rochester)
* Two members of the Class of 2007 will be the participants in the state’s annual Student Government Day, which will take place in April at the State House in Boston, MA. Sarah Roberts (Freetown) and Joseph Sargo (Lakeville) will represent Old Colony at this educational, civic event. Sarah is a member of the Health Careers Department and Joseph is a member of the CAD Department.
* Four sophomore members of the Computer Information Technology Program recently completed work on a website re-design and development project for Community Nurse & Hospice Care, a non-profit organization in Fairhaven, MA. The students worked with Ms. Jennifer Fagan, the organization’s Director of Marketing & Development. The students who re-designed the website (www.communitynurse.com) were:
- Kendra Murray (Acushnet
- Jade Worthington (Acushnet)
- Eli Reznekervitz (Freetown)
- Alexander Tironati (Lakeville)
* The following Old Colony student-athletes have been recognized by the Massachusetts Interschoastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Old Colony Athletic Department for outstanding sportsmanship:
- Nicholas Abaray (Acushnet)
- Matthew Arruda (Freetown)
- Garrett Dunham (Lakeville)
- Melissa Jones (Freetown)
- Bridget LaValley (Mattapoisett)
- Nicole Thomas (Lakeville)
* Two students from Acushnet represented Old Colony at the Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Madeleine LaFleur (Acushnet) and Melissa Jones (Freetown) attended the event at Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA, on Feb. 3, 2007.
Old Colony Welcomes Alumni Association
Old Colony is family. We are the students, faculty, and staff working for a positive and productive educational experience. After thirty-one years of operation, we find that our family is an extended family. Our current students learning a trade are the children, nieces, and nephews of many of our former students.
To keep us connected, Old Colony has established an Alumni Association. Those in the association have the opportunity to participate in activities and have a voice for positive change in the school.
Alumni members will receive a biannual newsletter in the mail and other messages through e-mail. Other benefits include:
- Keeping in touch with classmates and planning class reunions.
- Giving back to Old Colony through your ideas, participation, and assistance with projects.
- Adding your name to the Alumni Directory (listing your shop, year of graduation, city/town, and email address.
- Helping with fundraising for school activities and athletics.
- Reconnecting with Old Colony and our community.
Any former student, faculty member, or staff personnel can become a member by registering at no cost. Registration can be done in person, via the mail, or by completing an online form on the Old Colony website (www.oldcolony.us/alumni/alumni_contact.htm).
Contact Mr. Matt Trahan by phone at 508-763-8011 (ext. 143), or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage your participation in this worthwhile association. Through the Alumni Association, we can once again say, Welcome home. As a member, you can say, I’m home.
“Hats Off to” Old Colony National Honor Society
The Old Colony NHS chapter was awarded another national Outstanding Service Project Award at the National Honor Society Conference in Orlando, Florida, held from November 3-5, 2006. Old Colony was one of ten NHS Chapters that received national awards for outstanding service to their school and community. Old Colony’s NHS chapter is the only chapter in the country to have won seven Outstanding Service Project awards. They have won this award the past four years in a row.
This year the award was received for the service project Hats Off to You! This project involved making fleece hats that then were donated to local homeless/transition shelters. NHS members solicited donations of fleece and purchased additional material of various patterns. Hat-making workshops were held after school with staff and parents volunteering their time and expertise in demonstrating how to sew and also lending a hand in creating the hats. NHS members, with help from additional students, were able to complete 170 fleece hats.
Eighteen members of the Old Colony NHS chapter attended the fourteenth annual National Honor Society Conference. They were: Aaron Carvalho, Jeffrey Cormier, Brandon Deneault, Ryan Pimental, Kathryn Lawton (Acushnet); Neil Andre, Samantha Clarke, Richard Pemberton, Melissa Jones (Freetown); Nicholas DeBrum, Jennifer Lewis, Corey Beecher, Kerri Ann Kauranen, Michael Poland (Lakeville); Natalie Hazen, Daniel Hurd, Zachary Card (Carver); and Alex Buckley (Rochester). The NHS members were accompanied by four chaperones: Mrs. Christine Watling (Old Colony’s NHS advisor), Mrs. Rita Bretto, Mr. Paul Sleight, and Mr. Paul Brodeur.
Faculty members recogized for 30 years of service
Three faculty members have been recognized and awarded for completing 30 years of exemplary service to the students of the Old Colony School District. The teachers are:
- Donald Mosher (Automotive Department)
- Robert Francis (House & Mill Carpentry Department)
- A. Michael Sirrico (Business Department)
Around Old Colony
* The following students have been elected to lead the Old Colony Student Council for 2006-2007:
- Yahaira Robles-Ferro (Rochester) – President
- Victoria Fernandes (Freetown) – Vice President
- Robert Loesher (Carver) – Treasurer
- Baylee Ricci (Carver) – Secretary
* Janelle Gifford (Acushnet), a top-ranking senior class member at Old Colony, has been selected to receive the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ “Certificate of Academic Excellence.” Janelle has excelled in both her academic and vocational studies. Janelle is vice president of the school’s National Honor Society Chapter and a member of the Web Team, varsity softball team, and Student Advisory Committee.
* Robert Loesher (Carver), a member of the Class of 2007, has earned national certification from the Electronics Technicians Association. Robert received the Associate Level Electronics Technicians Certification, a credential that is required by the electronics industry across the United States.
* Congratulations to the 2006 Old Colony Golf Team and Coach John Abaray for winning the Mayflower League Championship once again!
* The following students were elected by the student body to serve a one-year term on the 2006-2007 Student Advisory Committee to the School Committee:
- Samantha Clarke (Freetown) – Class of 2007
- Janelle Gifford (Acushnet) – Class of 2007
- Jeffrey Cormier (Acushnet) – Class of 2007
- Adam Veary (Freetown) – Class of 2008
- Steven Verronneau (Acushnet) – Class of 2008
* Computer Information Technology (CIT) students at Old Colony are involved in a unique learning opportunity. The students are enrolled as distance learning students at Bristol Community College. In effect, they are earning college credits and participating in college online courses, while at school. The following CIT students are currently enrolled:
- Annie Bowen (Acushnet)
- Benjamin Dellarocco (Mattapoisett)
- Christopher Fisher (Carver)
- Michael Poland (Lakeville)
- Keith Vieira (Freetown)
- Zachary Card (Carver)
- Kyle DeSousa (Acushnet)
- Jared LaFreniere (Acushnet)
- Adam Veary (Freetown)
- Matthew Willett (Carver)
* The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) is implementing a new Student Ambassador Program. Janelle Gifford (Acushnet) and Steven Verronneau (Acushnet), have been nominated by Athletic Director Matthew Trahan.
* Congratulations to the 2006 Old Colony Boys’ Soccer Team and Coach Mary-Anne Walker for winning its first-ever Massachusetts Vocational Small Schools championship!
* Old Colony is very proud to announce that twenty-eight seniors are recipients of John and Abigail Adams Scholarships. This scholarship is available to students whose MCAS performance puts them at the top 25 percent in their district. Recipients are granted four years of free tuition at the University of Massachusetts or at any of the nine state or 15 community colleges in Massachusetts. The seniors are:
* Senior Samantha Clarke (Freetown), has been selected to receive a 2006-2007 Prudential Spirit of Community Service Award and a Massachusetts Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. Samantha was selected for these honors because of her work in both the community and school. She is the president of the Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society, chairperson of the Student Advisory Committee to the School Committee, and a member of the school’s Peer Leadership group and School Council.
* Recently, Mr. Brad VanDusen, a representative from Making High School Count, met with all ninth-grade students in an assembly at Old Colony. The program focused on time management in high school. The discussion included what colleges look for in an applicant, the importance of being involved in the overall school community, and a discussion of effective study habits. Students also participated in several exercises that reinforced these important topics.
Seniors Learn the Importance of Voter Registration
Massachusetts State Senator Joan M. Menard (D-Fall River) visited Old Colony on March 27, 2006, and addressed the senior class on the importance of registering to vote and participating in the democratic process. Superintendent-Director David J. Ferreira opened the assembly by noting that seniors face new responsibilities as they prepare for the next phase of their lives, including registering to vote and helping to make a difference.
Senator Menard explained that every vote matters. She gave several examples of close elections where candidates won or lost by a few votes.
After voter registration forms were distributed, Patrick Richards (from the Commonwealth’s Secretary of State office) spoke about the democratic process and helped the seniors complete the voting forms.
If you need to register to vote or have moved and need to change your voter registration, you may do so in three ways. First, you can register by mail by calling 617-727-2828 to get a registration form and mailing the completed form to your local city or town hall. Second, you can register in person at a voter registration event or at your local city or town hall. You will be asked to complete an affidavit of registration. Questions include your name, residence, and date of birth. Third, you may register at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
although you may not register on-line, you can read the “How To Register To Vote” information on the Massachusetts Elections Division web page at www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm
Moving Forward Means Coming Back
The speeches at this year’s graduation focused on success, taking risks, and venturing into the future. Because Old Colony is a school that seeks to achieve these goals, it is not surprising that eight of our current teachers are helping Old Colony move forward by coming back.Douglas Desrochers (Welding and Metal Fabrication), Heather Darcy (History), Kristoffer Garcia (Welding and Metal Fabrication), Tammy Hoyle (Cosmetology), Kimberly Lopes (Cosmetology), Fran Mello (Machine and Tool Technology), Kathy Peterson (Graphic Communications), and Paul Sleight (Graphic Communications) were once students here.
Some teachers always wanted to return, while others were encouraged to return by teachers at Old Colony. What all of them have in common, though, is their enjoyment of the students and watching them succeed. To watch a student really learn something from your teaching and to know you could have a great effect on that student’s life, is what Mr. Garcia enjoys about teaching. Mr. Mello enjoys passing on knowledge that [he] received at Old Colony back to a new generation. Mr. Mello certainly came full circle. During his senior year, he left Old Colony to take a co-op position and stayed with that employment until he joined the Old Colony faculty.
Not only have these alumni teachers been involved in the classroom, but they have served on committees, in the sports program, and as class advisors. Each teacher is an asset in his or her prospective field and a benefit to the education of our youths.
CIT Students Build Website for Rochester Senior Center
Four sophomores from the Computer Information Technology Department recently completed a website for the Rochester Council on Aging (COA) Senior Center. The student web design team consisted of: Matthew Willett (Carver), Zachary Card (Carver), Adam Veary(Freetown), and Michael Poland (Lakville). The students visited the Senior Center in April and met with Director Sharon Lally and her staff. The sophomores toured the facility, took digital photos, and compiled the information and content for the website. They gained valuable real world experience by meeting with Mrs. Lally and her staff and discussing the objectives and goals of the website. The CIT students completed the design and development of the website in May and presented the new website at the Rochester Council on Aging Senior Center’s Annual Meeting on June 7, 2006. The new Rochester Senior Center website can be viewed online atwww.rochestermaseniorcenter.com
Old Colony Baseball Team Enjoys Successful Season
The 2006 Old Colony baseball team, under the direction of Coach Derek Domingos and his coaching staff, is one of the school’s most successful ever. This year’s Cougars are the Mayflower League co-champions and Massachusetts State Vocational champions. At this writing, the team has already won two games in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 3 South Sectional Semi-Finals. The current record of the baseball team is 18 wins and 4 losses.
Old Colony Captures Gold & Silver Medals in SkillsUSA State Competition
Old Colony’s Chapter of SkillsUSA participated in the Massachusetts Skills Championships and Leadership Conference in Marlboro, Massachusetts, on April 27-29, 2006. Twenty-seven students represented OC and competed against the finest vocational students in the state. In the Web Design competition, the sophomore team of Adam Veary (Freetown) and Matthew Willett (Carver) took the Gold Medal. The two state champions will now compete for national recognition at the Skills USA National Skills Championships and Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, from June 19-24, 2006. Senior Steven Cleary (Rochester) won a Silver Medal in Precision Machining. Congratulations to all the medal winners and participants!
Around the Colony
* Old Colony announced its annual Excellence In Effort Award winners at the Spring Advisory Board meeting on April 12, 2006. Winners were chosen by shop and related instructors on the basis of effort and motivation. Award winners (all members of the junior class) received a specially designed jacket with an Excellence In Effort logo and a framed certificate. A second award ceremony and school barbeque was held on June 5, 2006, for the entire student body. This year’s Excellence In Effort Award winners were:
|CAD Drafting||Michael Ricardo||Carver|
|Computer Info Tech||Michael Cormier||Mattapoisett|
|Culinary Arts||Nicole Thomas||Lakeville|
|Electronic Tech||Robert Loesher||Carver|
|Graphic Comm.||Melissa Almeida||Acushnet|
|Health Careers||Brianna Burke||Acushnet|
|House/Mill Carpentry||Richard Pemberton||Freetown|
|Machine & Tool||Jared Faherty||Freetown|
* The Old Colony administration recently received confirmation that three members of the junior class have been formally accepted into the Johnson & Wales University Access Program. Natalie Hazen (Carver – Electrical), Christopher Kirk (Acushnet – Computer Information Technology), and Rachel Tetrault (Acushnet – Cosmetology) will attend Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, during the 2006-2007 school year in lieu of their senior year of high school at Old Colony.
* A member of the boys basketball team and a member of the girls basketball team were recognized by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) for outstanding sportsmanship. Congratulations to seniors Mathew Hudon (Acushnet) and Kerrie Rousseau (Acushnet) for this recognition of their outstanding character and sportsmanship.
* Old Colony is pleased to announce that juniors Baylee Ricci (Carver) and Yahaira Robles-Ferro (Rochester) have been elected to the State Student Advisory Council. The students will represent OC in the Southeast Region and will serve from May 1, 2006 through May 1, 2007.
* The Second Annual Old Colony Golf Tournament, held at the Acushnet River Valley Golf Course on May 21, 2006, was a great success, as over $13,000 was raised for the Old Colony Scholarship Fund. There were 146 competing golfers in the tournament. The winning team consisted of Steve Bernat, David Bernat, Marc Bernat, and Marc Francis.
* Eight Old Colony student-athletes received Citizenship Awards on April 4, 2006, at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The ceremony, created in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day, is designed to recognize Massachusetts high school student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in three disciplines: academics, athletics, and citizenship. The student-athletes were: Joseph Sargo (Lakeville), Janelle Gifford (Acushnet), Matthew Pacheco (Acushnet), Jonathan Delgado (Acushnet), Garrett Dunham (Lakeville), Nicole Thomas (Lakeville), Aubrey Catalfomo (Acushnet), and Yahaira Robles-Ferro (Rochester).
* Old Colony’s Chapter of the National Honor Society has been selected as a recipient of an Outstanding Chapter Award for the fifth year in a row. The Old Colony chapter is one of only three in the entire Commonwealth to have been selected for this distinction. This is the seventh Outstanding Chapter Award for Old Colony in the last nine years. The NHS has also received six National Service Awards. The Chapter received the award at the NHS State Leadership Conference in Worcester, MA, on April 4, 2006.
* The 5th Annual Mr. Cougar Competition, held on April 7, 2006, was a huge success! Over 650 people witnessed one of the most exciting and entertaining Mr. Cougar competitions ever. Ben Trahan (Culinary) was crowned Mr. Cougar 2006; first runner-up was Mathew Hudon (Machine & Tool) and the second runner-up was Josh Furtado (CIT).
* Students from the Computer Information Technology Department won first- and second-place trophies and prizes for their placement in the Fourth Annual Bristol Community College Website Contest, held on May 11, 2006, at the Fall River campus. Eighty students from 6 area high schools participated in the competition. The team of Jamie Pooler (Carver) and Jeffrey Cormier (Acushnet) won First Place and the team of Derek Valentim (Acushnet) and Nick DeBrum (Lakeville) won Second Place.
* Senior Nathan Deree (Acushnet) was selected as the 2006 recipient of the Acushnet Youth Athletic Association Scholarship.
Non-Traditional Speakers Wanted
Just what is a non-traditional speaker? This is a male who is in a predominately female occupational field or a female who is in a predominately male occupational field. A person in one of these occupations could help a student considering a non-traditional trade to think seriously about choosing that career. The speaker would come to Old Colony and share his or her experiences as a person in a non-traditional occupation.
This is not a push to put males in female careers or vice versa, but to provide students opportunities for further exploration. To this end, all freshmen are assigned one non-traditional shop as a part of their six exploratory experiences.
Another reason non-traditional speakers are sought is to fulfill one of the guidelines for Perkins Grant funding. The guideline requires the promotion of students in non-traditional occupations. A brochure for parents and students has been produced to explain non-traditional occupations, but to have workers in the field speak to students is an even stronger means of sharing opportunities available to students.
Perkins Grant funding is important to our school. Perkins funding mandates 15% of the money received is used for professional development for teachers across all learning areas in the school to help the entire student population. In some cases, a portion of the monies can be used to provide staff salaries.
Perkins monies have helped various shops gain national certification by providing funding. This funding has enabled the school to purchase equipment needed to meet those certifications. Old Colony has received recognition from the American Welding Society (AWS) and National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). This past year, Health Careers purchased new beds for the shop. Updates are being made in the Culinary Arts shop as a part of their moving forward to receive their national certification from the American Culinary Federation.
If you are willing to share your experiences with students in a formal or non-formal manner, please contact Mrs. Rita Bretto at 508-763-8011, ext. 119.
Visit OC Threads – Old Colony’s Online Store !
Four Computer Information Technology (CIT) seniors recently completed work on OC Threads – Old Colony’s new online store. OC Threads allows online visitors to purchase over 20 products – Old Colony tee shirts, sweatshirts, polo shirts, hats, mugs, decals, and more – right from the website. Products are purchased with credit cards through the PayPal system and delivered to the customer.
Students worked with Mrs. Jean Mitchell and Mrs. Donna Amaral of the Old Colony Gridiron Club. All proceeds benefit the Gridiron Club, which supports the school’s football team and cheerleading squad. Special thanks to Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Amaral for their efforts.
Seniors Alexander Amaral (Acushnet), Stephen Bernat (Acushnet), Timothy Blanchard (Carver), and Heather Cardinal (Rochester) designed and developed the 5-page online store. The website project was a tremendous learning experience for the students, as they increased their knowledge of e-commerce while helping the school raise funds for its athletic programs.
Visit OC Threads on the Web at www.oldcolony.us/store/mainstore.htm … An Old Colony product makes a great holiday gift and supports the school as well!
New Attendance Policy Figures Show Positive Results
The absence policy instituted last year has made a positive difference in improved student attendance. The policy, which can be found in the student handbook, addresses missing full days of school, missing individual classes, and being tardy.
The figures compiled from the 20042005 school year speak for themselves. In 20032004 the annual percentage attendance was 93.56%. In 20042005 the annual attendance percentage was 95.28%. Every month shows an increased attendance with the greatest difference being the June comparison. In 2004 the attendance was at 91% and in 2005 the attendance was at 95.3%.
There is extra work in maintaining the attendance policy, but the numbers show it is worthwhile. Students are taking the policy seriously and are not missing valuable learning time.
Around the Colony
* Congratulations to the team of Jeffrey Golenski (Class of 2005) and Jeffrey Cormier (Class of 2007), both of Acushnet, for placing third in the nation in Web Design. The CIT students made the entire Old Colony community proud as they won the Bronze Medal at the annual SkillsUSA National Championships, held in Kansas City, Missouri, from June 21-24, 2005.
* Erin Mello, a top-ranking senior class member at Old Colony, has been selected to receive the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ Certificate of Academic Excellence. Erin, an Acushnet resident, has excelled in both her academic and vocational studies. She is president of the school’s National Honor Society Chapter and is also secretary of SkillsUSA. A student-athlete, Erin is co-captain of the varsity volleyball team. Last June, Erin received the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Student Achievement Award. Erin plans to attend Johnson & Wales University upon graduation, where she will major in Culinary Arts.
Superintendent-Director, David J. Ferreira presented the award to Erin at the Old Colony Advisory Board Dinner on October 12, 2005.
* Old Colony senior Timothy Blanchard recently began his term as the student member of the District School Committee. A Carver resident, Blanchard was elected as Chairperson of the Student Advisory Committee to the School Committee. The chairperson also serves as an ex-officio member of the District School Committee.
* Four members of the Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society were recently elected to serve as officers for the 2005-2006 school year. The officers will assume responsibility for leading the Society to achieve its varied service goals.
Elected officers were: Erin Mello (President), Andre J. Arsenault (Vice-President), Amanda L. Murdoch (Treasurer), and Brandon Duarte (Secretary). All of the new officers are residents of Acushnet.
* Old Colony is pleased to announce its class officers for the 2005-2006 school year:
Senior Officers (Class of 2006)
- President: Hannah Savaria (Acushnet)
- Vice-President: Chace Ashley (Freetown)
- Secretary: Carlos Alvarado (Acushnet)
- Treasurer: Victoria Fagan (East Freetown)
Junior Officers (Class of 2007)
- President: Natalie Hazen (Carver)
- Vice-President: Baylee Ricci (Carver)
- Secretary: Jennifer Lewis (Lakeville)
- Treasurer: Maria DelSignore (Lakeville)
* The Cosmetology Department is selling Holiday Gift Baskets filled with Paul Mitchell products. Call 508-763-8011, ext. 137, for info.
* Andre Aresenault, a senior at Old Colony, has been selected to receive a 2005-2006 Prudential Spirit of Community Service Award. This national award program is jointly sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Prudential Insurance Company. Andre is now eligible for state and national recognition. An Acushnet resident, Andre was nominated for the award for his work in both the community and school. He was elected by his peers to serve as president of Old Colony’s SkillsUSA Chapter and vice-president of the National Honor Society Chapter. A member of the Old Colony Student Council, he is also involved with Boy Scout Troop 37. Upon graduation from the Old Colony Culinary Arts Program in June, Andre will pursue a degree in the culinary field. Andre will receive a cash award and a framed certificate. Four other Old Colony students will also receive a Certificate of Merit in this award program. They are: Amanda Murdoch (Acushnet), Stephen Bernat (Acushnet), Don Collasius (Rochester), and Christopher Cordeiro (Acushnet).
* The Old Colony administration is pleased to announce the appointment of two students to the 2005-2006 School Council. They are: senior Timothy Blanchard CIT (Carver) and senior Kerrie Rousseau Health Careers (Acushnet). The School Council meets monthly under the chairmanship of Old Colony’s Assistant Superintendent/Principal, Gary Brown.
* Nine juniors from the Computer Information Technology (CIT) shop have met with two representatives from the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office to discuss the redesign of the Plymouth County DA website and the construction of two other related websites. Barbara A. Faherty, Director of Community Relations, and Lucia M. Gavigan, I.T. Network Administrator, have visited Old Colony on three occasions and worked with the students on the projects.
Jeffrey Cormier (Acushnet), Janelle Gifford (Acushnet), and Nicholas DeBrum (Lakeville) are working on the Plymouth County DA website re-design. Nathan Cabral (Acushnet), Naomi Sylvia (Mattapoisett), and Michael Harrison (Carver) are designing the Child Advocacy Center website. Cam Charroux, Eric Furtado, and Derek Valentim (all from Acushnet), are building the Violence-Free Education Training & Outreach website. The three website projects should be completed in December 2005.
Senior Portfolio Showcases Each Graduate
As students complete their second trimester of the school year, seniors anticipate graduation. They make sure they have the required credits, pay outstanding bills, and are measured for caps and gowns. But that’s not all that is on their checklist. They must have a completed and approved portfolio in order to get a diploma.
Instituted in 2001, students compile a portfolio to showcase their abilities and vocational skills. The portfolio highlights each student’s accomplishments in and out of school. In grade 9 students complete a Portfolio Agreement and Student Information Sheet. They begin collecting photos and documents from academic work, vocational work, and extra-curricular activities.
During the 10th grade, students obtain a character reference, include a piece of academic work, two pieces of vocational work with written documentation, and one piece of related work with an explanation of the work.
More information is accumulated in the 11th grade. Students obtain a second letter of recommendation from a Chapter 74 (vocational) instructor, and additional academic, vocational, and related pieces. A new component that has been added is a written reflection. This might be a reflection of the student’s strengths and weaknesses.
In addition to a resum and cover letter (taught in the English classes), students in grade 12 review the materials in the portfolio. They select the best, current representation of their work or materials that demonstrate progress. Often students will include recognition received for being on the Honor Roll, earning Student of the Month, being selected for Excellence in Effort, or receiving an athletic award.
Each senior’s portfolio is reviewed and approved by the respective occupational program teachers. In the spring, the portfolios are reviewed and approved by at least two of the program’s Advisory Board members. Mrs. Rita Bretto, Old Colony’s Vocational Coordinator, then receives and approves each portfolio.
In addition to helping students value their education at Old Colony, this portfolio is a helpful tool for students as they move forward into college or the workforce.
Second Annual Old Colony Golf Tournament set for May 21
This year’s golf tournament is scheduled to be held at the Acushnet River Valley Golf Course on Sunday, May 21, 2006. This will be a great event for family, friends, alumni and guests of Old Colony. Proceeds will be donated to the Old Colony Scholarship Fund. Golfers who register on or before May 14, 2006, will be eligible to win a Scotty Cameron putter. Interested individuals or parties can contact Mr. Gary Brown at 508-763-8011, ext 118.
Old Colony students win 21 medals at SkillsUSA District Competition
On March 2, 2006, 77 student-members of Old Colony’s Chapter of SkillsUSA participated in the district competition held at Upper Cape RVTHS in Bourne, MA. Old Colony students took home 8 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals. Congratulations to all of competing students – you are all winners!
- Scott Hooley (Lakeville) – Carpentry
- Jared Galvin (Freetown) – Computer Maintenance Technology
- David Cook (Rochester) – Computer Programming
- Jared Jacobs (Carver) – Nurse Assisting
- Andre Arsenault (Acushnet) – Culinary Arts
- James Cornwall (Carver) – Electronic Applications
- Team: Jeffrey Cormier (Acushnet) & Christopher Kirk (Acushnet) – Web Design
- Bryant Hampston (Lakeville) – Computer Programming
- Rebecca Dexter (Carver) – Nurse Assisting
- Steven Cleary (Rochester) – Precision Machining Technology
- Zachary Card (Carver) – Technical Computer Application
- Keith McAvoy (Freetown) – Electronic Applications
- Bancroft Ellis (Lakeville) – Welding
- Team: Keith Morgado (Freetown) & Kyle O’Neill (Lakeville) – Web Design
- Jamie Pooler (Carver) – Computer Programming
- Michael Poland (Lakeville) – Technical Computer Applications
- Kevin Burns (Carver) – Electronic Applications
- Team: Matthew Willett (Carver) & Adam Veary (Freetown) – Web Design
NHS Chapter receives 6th Outstanding Service Project Award
The Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society was awarded a national Outstanding Service Project Award as part of the National Honor Society Conference held in Washington, D.C., November 11-13, 2005. Seventeen students represented Old Colony at the thirteenth annual conference. This is the sixth time and third year in a row that Old Colony has received a national Outstanding Service Project Award. The Old Colony NHS is the only chapter in the country to have won six Outstanding Service Project awards!
Around the Colony
* Culinary Arts Dept. senior Andre Arsenault (Acushnet) has been selected as Old Colony’s Outstanding Vocational Student Award nominee for 2006. This statewide award program recognizes the outstanding vocational education students from the Commonwealth. The award recognizes the excellence Andre has achieved in his academic studies, as well as the Culinary Arts field. Andre exemplifies the high ideals of vocational-technical education. Andre will receive his award on April 6, 2006, in Worcester, MA.
* Computer Information Technology (CIT) Department senior Brandon Duarte (Acushnet) has been selected as a nominee for the National Honor Society Scholarship Program, which is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Brandon is the school’s NHS chapter secretary and is also a member of the Student Council, Peer Leadership Group, and Web Team. He is now eligible for one of 200 scholarships of $1,000.
* CIT senior Jessica Williams (Carver) created the winning entry in the recent Old Rochester Community Television (ORCTV) Logo Contest. ORCTV operates public, educational and government access television channels and serves residents in Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester, MA. A panel of judges unamimously selected Jessica’s creatively designed logo as the winning entry out of 118 contest submissions.
* The Old Colony administration is pleased to recognize the following student-athletes who were recipients of Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Outstanding Sportsmanship Awards: Football: Nathan Deree (Acushnet); Girls Soccer: Kerrie Rousseau (Acushnet); Golf: Stephen Bernat (Acushnet); Volleyball: Hannah Savaria (Rochester); and Boys Soccer: Shaun Laronda (Freetown).
* CIT senior Timothy Blanchard (Carver) has been selected as Old Colony’s nominee for the 2005-2006 Walter J. Markham Award. The award program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators. In his senior year, Tim was elected as chairperson of the Student Advisory Committee to the School Committee, making him a member of the Old Colony District School Committee. Tim is also a member of the Student Council (current secretary), Peer Leadership Group (current president), and Web Team.
* Old Colony is pleased to announce that seventeen seniors are recipients of John &Abigail Adams Scholarships, which are available to students whose MCAS performance puts them at the top 25 percent in their district. Recipients are granted four years of free tuition at the University of Massachusetts or at any of the nine state or 15 community colleges in Massachusetts. Personal letters from Governor Mitt Romney were mailed to each student recipient. They are:
- Alexander Amaral (Acushnet)
- Andre Arsenault (Acushnet)
- Jennifer Babineau (Rochester)
- Jonathan Cardoso (Acushnet)
- Steven Cleary (Rochester)
- David Cook (Rochester)
- Jonathan Denham (Rochester)
- Derek Deschamps (Acushnet)
- Brandon Duarte (Acushnet)
- Michael Ferreira (Freetown)
- Mathew Hudon (Acushnet)
- Erin Mello (Acushnet)
- Matthew Nye (Carver)
- Thomas Ouellette (Freetown)
- Daniel Rittenhouse (Acushnet)
- Kerrie Rousseau (Acushnet)
- Corey Silveira (Mattapoisett)
* CIT senior Stephen Bernat (Acushnet) has been selected to receive the 2005-2006 Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA) Award. Stephen is now eligible for a $500 cash award based upon his leadership ability in school, as well as his vocational and academic excellence. Stephen’s many school activities include the Student Council (current president), Peer Leadership Group (current secretary), and Web Team. He played four years on the school’s golf, baseball, and basketball teams. In his senior year, Stephen received a Certificate of Merit from the Prudential Spirit of Community Service Award Program and represented OC at the annual Mass. Student Government Day.
* Old Colony was represented at the Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 3, 2006, by Kerrie Rousseau (Acushnet) and Hannah Savaria (Rochester), The event took place at Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA.
* Members of Old Colony’s senior Applied Economics Class recently visited Precix, Inc., in New Bedford, MA. In addition to a tour of the facility, the students shadowed a mentor during part of the morning. The cost of the program was paid by Junior Achievement of Southeastern Massachusetts